beer4mencc1701 (20) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Vintage 2009, bottle from Central Market Plano. Dark gold, thick lingering head & lacing. Fine brandy, alcohol & hops on the nose with caramel & sticky dark fruit. Bold blast of alcohol on the tongue, rum soaked raisins & cedar, nice bitterness. Smells sweeter than it tastes. A very sophisticated representative of barley wine. Gasp...after taste lingers with a nice brandy-like warming sensation. Would order again- a great beer for a special occassion or as a winter-food companion. punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
Winter 2005 11.26% Alc. Vol.
Pours a red-orange... with the sweet smell of brown sugar and maybe caramel... at a first taste reminds me of maple syrup... the alcohol makes it’s presence known... it has a bit of a bitter taste then becomes sweet again... with a lingering aftertaste... it’s like dessert only better... I’m loving it!
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Another solid brew from Stone Brewing Co. Aroma has a bit of alcohol, fairly mellow. Tastes quite hoppy, but very tame compared to a ruination or something like that. heavier mouthfeel. I’m generally not a big fan of the alcohol flavors, but this finishes very warm, and even the high alcohol% is not a problem with all the hops involved. rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 24, 2006
Early 2006 release. One of the better Barleywines I have tried in a while. Pours rich amber color. Nice aroma citrusy, yet not overpowering. Large carmel toffey character in the nose with understated alcohol for the size. Flavor is rich, maybe a little hot but not bad. Carmel characters and malt blend nicely in the flavor. Sweetness is detectable, but not "sugary". Bitterness still quite detectable, but altogether very pleasant. Nice head and lacing preasant, thick in in the mouth. Really good beer that will only get better with age. I wonder though, shouldn’t this beer be bottle conditioned to handle the aging? highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2005. Comparitive analysis: By recent years’ standards, I’m not as happy with this one. But then that’s why we age I suppose. The pour was flatter than recent vintages and the aromamuch less hoppy. Palate thick and oily as usual, but not as complex in the flavor department. Sort of candylike like an Avery brew. We’ll see, I’ll go back for more.
believeUme (17) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Clear light amber with a thin head. Aroma has notes of caramel/toffee butter, sherry, resin, and fruity esters. Sweet malty flavor with a smooth hop finnish. Medium-light flavor with residual alcohol warming. Great barley wine. danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Deep amber color with an off white head. Aroma is of grape, caramelized sugar, and alcohol. The taste is VERY full bodied. Vanilla, woody, dark fruit (grape, apricot, etc.), and brown sugar flavors are all coming through as well as a bitter hop flavor that lingers along. I really can’t say enough about this beer. Highly recommended for anyone who like barley wine. KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Dark heavy beer, incredible taste, flavor and palate. Not as hoppy as I expected. Good with a big meal.